Janelle Bartley scored four wins at the 2018 Ekka with her Speckle Park cattle.
Janelle Bartley scored four wins at the 2018 Ekka with her Speckle Park cattle. Sherele Moody

Drought pain as Janelle spots Ekka glory with speckled cows

WARWICK cattle breeder Janelle Bartley scored four wins in the Ekka show ring this week, but the drought is the main thing on her mind.

The Corndale Speckle Park co-owner has been coming to the Ekka for about five years.

Taking a break from the show ring, Janelle revealed she had to ship most of her cattle from our region to northern NSW to ease the cost of hand-feeding the herd.

The Northern Rivers is one of the few areas across Queensland and NSW with ample grass for livestock despite the worsening drought.

She has around 400 acres carrying cattle and some crops outside Warwick and a smaller holding not far over the border.

Janelle has kept a small contingent of her black and white speckled bovines at Warwick.

She said the unique Speckle Park cattle were easy to breed and handle and their carcass quality was great.

"They also get a lot of attention because of their coat,” Janelle said.

- NewsRegional



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